August 14, 2020

This week in Android: Sony Xperia 1 II review, OnePlus 8 giveaway

This week in Android: Everything Sony Xperia 1 II, Android vs iOS, OnePlus 8 giveaway and more.

Sony Xperia 1 II camera macro 3

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

We like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

In a departure from previous phones, Sony decided to implement some continuity with their latest phone and their popular camera lines. No, that doesn’t mean there is a monster camera sensor on the new Sony Xperia 1 II, but there are some serious controls for the three 12MP sensors that are installed. Set to 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm, the three sensors basically have a clean sweep from your ultra-wide shots up to your telephoto images.

You’ll find a headphone jack on this phone, which makes us very happy, and there is a dedicated dual-action camera button as well. Looking at this phone will be a little different, as they continue to offer a 21:9 aspect ratio. Being 6.5-inches and shaped excellently to watch those 21:9 movies is fun, but even better is the 4K resolution, making the Xperia 1 II one of the best phones around to watch movies on.

Plenty of other specs are top-tier or better on the Xperia 1 II. You’ll enjoy great performance, lots of storage space, water and dust resistance, solid battery life, and wireless charging. Check it out:


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OnePlus 8 international giveaway

OnePlus 8 series cameras 1

Credit: Robert Triggs / Android Authority

This week, we’re giving away a brand new OnePlus 8 smartphone. Google’s current flagship device. Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!


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